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The Spokesman-Review: State offers fishing license upgrade deal

Cutthroat trout caught by an angler fly fishing on the Yakima River. (Rich Landers)

By Tom Kaiser Filed under Features , News , Top Stories Much has been made of the pending reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MFCMA), which manages commercial and recreational saltwater fisheries in the United States. Its a contentious bill that, recreational marine interests suggest, is too heavily weighted toward the commercial fishing industry while giving short shrift to the nations recreational fishing and boating interests. Similarly, much has also been made of the crippling partisan logjam in Washington, yet two recreational and marine industry experts we spoke to are optimistic that bipartisan action can result in a significant modification and reauthorization of MFCMA that could place more attention on recreational anglers. Like many items of legislative consequence, its passage just might have to wait until after the next election. So far, mixed reviews Jeff Angers of the Center for Coastal Conservation The recreational fishing and boating community is seeking changes to saltwater fisheries management that adhere to six general concepts put forth by Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, and Scott Deal, president of Maverick Boats. The so-called Morris-Deal Commission, also joined by the American Sportfishing Association, Congressional Sportsmens Foundation, Center for Coastal Conservation, National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, have recommended that legislators include these six principles in the next MFCMA iteration: Establishing a national policy for recreational fishing Adopting a revised approach to saltwater recreational fisheries management Allocating marine fisheries for the greatest benefit to the nation Creating reasonable latitude in stock rebuilding timelines Codifying a process for cooperative management Managing for the forage base So far, as the bill to reauthorize the Act, H.R. Original news source

Jeff Angers of the Center for Coastal Conservation

The legislature adjourned the 2014 legislative session Monday evening. Weve had a great session and I would like to thank the Legislature for their hard work, Gov. Bobby Jindal said. With their help, we have accomplished new achievements for the people of Louisiana. One of new legislation awaiting Gov. Jindals signature is a bill that would limit where welfare recipients can use federal money. Original article

EBT Card Restrictions and Saltwater Fishing License Hike Await Gov. Jindal’s Signature | WGNO


Its free fishing day for all in the state, and its free parking at Cama Beach. No Discover Pass is required. Register in advance or the day of the derby. The Center for Wooden Boats at Cama Beach, is at 1880 SW Camano Drive, Camano Island. Call 360-387-9361 or go online to . For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit

Kids can learn saltwater fishing at Cama Beach derby on June 7 | – Life

(Rich Landers) FISHING The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering current freshwater or saltwater fishing license holders the opportunity before July 20 to upgrade to a combination license for under$27. The upgrade will give those anglers all the fishing privileges of a combination license at the cost they would have paid if they had purchased one in the first place, said Bill Joplin, WDFW licensingmanager. Freshwater fishing license holders can purchase an upgrade to a combination license for $26.75 and current saltwater fishing license holders can upgrade to a combination license for$26.20. By purchasing theupgrade: Current freshwater license holders will gain access to saltwater fish, shellfish andseaweed. Current saltwater license holderswill gain access to fishing in lakes and rivers as summer draws near, as well as opportunities for shellfish andseaweed. Here are a few of the exciting fishing opportunities the WDFW is spotlightingthisyear: Salmon 2014 is shaping up as the year for salmon, with a forecasted return of more than 1.6 million Columbia River chinook salmon returning this fall which would be the largest since record keeping began in 1938. The ocean abundance of Columbia River coho salmon is also forecast to be about 964,000 fish three times as many fish as last year’s actual abundance. And, summer and fall chinook salmon returns to Puget Sound are expected to total nearly 283,000fish. Razor Clams Razor clam digs are listed through June 1, 2014. For original version, click here


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